Show your local love and help students start the 2023 school year with all the supplies they need to succeed.
Thanks to your support, last year over 1,100 backpacks were donated. 

What supplies are most needed?

Backpacks, lunch bags, pens, pencils, rulers, math sets, markers, crayons, scientific calculators, pencil cases – these supplies are always needed. If possible, gender neutral colours encouraged and labels indicating grade on dropped off supplies – this will make sorting and distribution easier.

Monetary donations are also needed to help fill the gaps and buy supplies that may not be donated. In addition, volunteers can purchase items at a discounted rate, making dollars go further. 

Click the links below to donate

JK to Grade 4

Backpack (small for JK-Gr.2), Coloured Pencils Eraser, Fine Line Markers, Lunch Bag, Pencil Case, Pencils (5), Ruler ,Water Bottle

Grade 5-6

Backpack, Calculator (Basic), Coloured Pencils, Eraser, Fine Line Markers, Lunch Bag, Math Set, Pencil Case, Pencils (5), Pens (6), Water Bottle

Grade 7+

Backpack, Binder (1), Calculator (Scientific) Coloured Pencils, Eraser, Fine Line Markers Lined Paper (1 pk), Lunchbag, Math Set Pencil Case, Pencils (5), Pens (6), Water Bottle

Where to donate supplies

Check back for donation locations in 2024

  • United Way office: 417 Bagot Street, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

About the Backpack Program

Organized by the United Way KFL&A, working closely with agencies and businesses, the program ensures that families with children have all they need for another successful school year. In 2023:

  • 1,000+ children and youth in KFL&A started the school year with school supplies and backpacks 
  • 6,000+ school supplies given to agencies for kids. Binders, notebooks,pencils, pens, rulers, highlighters, crayons,calculators and more!

Agency Partners

Addiction & Mental Health Services – KFL&A
Elizabeth Fry Society
Family & Children Services of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington
Food Sharing Project
Home Base Housing – Lily’s Place Family Shelter, One Roof Youth Services, RISE@one4nine
Pathways to Education
KEYS Job Centre – Refugee Children and Youth Enhanced Integration Program
Kingston Interval House – Emergency Shelter and Robin’s Hope Transitional Housing
Kingston Immigration Partnership
Kingston Youth Shelter – Shelter & Transitional Homes
Maltby Centre
Metis Nation of Ontario – Healthy Babies Program
Partners In Mission Food Bank
Rural Frontenac Community Services
Salvation Army, Napanee
Southern Frontenac Community Services
Tipi Moza
Youth Diversion Program

Individuals looking for supplies are asked to register with one of the agencies above or contact their school principal or board office (Note: this only applies for Limestone District School Board and Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board students).

Corporate Sponsors

“For kids who struggle in life, you want to do whatever little thing you can to help them. And it might be as easy as a backpack of school supplies. It might be as easy as a lunchbox. It allows students to associate a fresh start with the new school year.”